The compact style of the Ford Focus is certainly a welcome car in these times of soaring gas prices. In fact, next time you go for a fill-up, have the mechanic check your wiper blades. If they need to be replaced, the entire job can be done by the time your Ford Focus tank is filled. Here's how.
Raise the wiper arm away from the windshield so that it is in the upright position. You'll feel it "lock" and stand on its own.
Turn the wiper blade so that it is 90 degrees (a right angle) to the wiper arm. This will expose a "lock tab."
Press the lock tab which will release the old wiper blade from the arm loop.
Slide the old wiper blade out and discard.
Position the new wiper blade into the arm loop. Continue to slide it along the wiper arm until you hear a click. Repeat this process for the other wiper blade on the windshield.
Turn your car and test your new set of wiper blades by spraying the windshield with washer fluid. If your new wiper blades leave a streak-free windshield, you are ready to hit the road.
Ford recommends scraping ice, sleet, and snow completely away before turning on wiper blades during the winter. This will help prolong the life of your wiper blade. If you are getting poor wiper blade performance on your Ford Focus, you can take a paper towel and some warm soapy water and wipe along the edge of the rubber blade. This will clean away built-up debris.